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PAKISTANI KOFTA RECIPE

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Pakistani Kofta Curry Recipe

Ingredients:

For the Koftas:

  • 500g ground meat (beef, lamb, chicken, or a combination)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 tablespoons gram flour (besan)
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying

For the Curry:

  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 2-3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2-3 green chilies, slit
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 cup yogurt, beaten
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh cilantro leaves, chopped (for garnishing)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Koftas:
    • In a mixing bowl, combine the ground meat, finely chopped onion, minced garlic, minced ginger, cumin powder, coriander powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, gram flour, and salt. Mix well to combine all the ingredients thoroughly.
    • Shape the mixture into small round balls (koftas). You can make them slightly larger than a golf ball.
    • Heat oil in a deep frying pan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, gently slide in the koftas and fry them until they are golden brown and cooked through. Remove them onto a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.
  2. Prepare the Curry:
    • In the same pan, remove excess oil, leaving about 1/4 cup behind.
    • Heat the oil over medium heat and add cumin seeds. Let them splutter.
    • Add chopped onions and sauté until they turn golden brown.
    • Add minced garlic and ginger, and sauté for another couple of minutes until the raw smell disappears.
    • Add chopped tomatoes, green chilies, coriander powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder, and salt. Cook until the tomatoes are soft and the oil starts to separate from the mixture.
    • Remove the pan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly. Then blend it into a smooth paste using a blender or food processor. If needed, you can add a little water to aid in blending.
  3. Assemble the Curry:
    • Return the blended mixture to the pan and place it back on medium heat.
    • Add beaten yogurt and cook, stirring continuously, until the yogurt is well incorporated and the oil starts to separate again.
    • Add garam masala and adjust salt and spices according to your taste.
    • Gently place the fried koftas into the curry and simmer for about 10-15 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  4. Serve:
    • Garnish with chopped cilantro leaves.
    • Pakistani Kofta Curry is typically served with steamed rice, naan, or roti.

Enjoy your homemade Pakistani Kofta Curry!

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